Celebrating Smiles | 22 May, 2023

From The Dentist's Mouth - Dr Jack Allison

Lumino Plaza Dental Porirua is excited to welcome Dr Jack Allison to the team.

What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?

I've always wanted to help people (cliché I know!) as well as work with my hands. Dentistry provides the ideal mix, working collaboratively with the patient to achieve a result they're happy with.

How long have you been practising dentistry?

I graduated in 2018 and have been working since then.

Tell us about your career background.

I've worked in various settings in general practice and hospital roles, including experience as a senior house officer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Special Care Dentistry, treating a variety of patient groups.

What is your most memorable case to date?

A case I found particularly rewarding was while I was working in hospital doing on-call shifts in A&E. A very dentally phobic patient attended with his mother due to a large dental abscess, which required admission to hospital and later a general anaesthetic to resolve. Initially he wouldn't let me be within six feet of him but over time eventually trusted me enough to examine him and carry out some procedures. Getting him through what would be a very stressful time and resolving his pain was something I'm very pleased to have helped with.

What do you love most about your job?

Getting to meet and chat with lots of different people whilst helping them with any concerns they may have.

What are your special interests in dentistry?

I enjoy the variety of all aspects of dentistry.

What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?

Even if the mere thought of the dentist filled you with terror, please come for a check-up! We can talk through the options and if any treatment is needed, together we can plan how to do so in a way that's easiest and least stressful for you.

Where would we find you outside of the practice?

Outside in most weather! I also enjoy Thai Boxing and Salsa Dancing.